Friday, September 19, 2014

Septermber 9-19, 2014 Rapid City, SD

Wow, what a fun and busy 10 days! 
First: time with my son, Pete.  He plays in band called the River Liffey Boys.  The River Liffey runs through Dublin.  They started as an Irish band, but they play a lot of their own music and some other cover songs.  I was able to listen to them perform 5 different nights!  And various friends joined me on every occasion.  Pete and I also had some great mom/son time on his days off.  Can’t get enough of that guy!

Business:  I saw my dentist, doctor with lab work, accountant, lawyer, insurance agent, massage and hair appointments.  I still own my old office building with a previous dental partner.  We rent the building to the dentist that bought my practice.  So there were maintenance issues to look at and plan, too.  Dr Haave did an awesome job of redecorating the waiting room and her private office!

Friends:  Tracy and Richard Perdue were gracious hosts.  We are close enough friends that it was comfortable to come and go as I needed.  I had fun cooking a couple meals for them and having friends join us.  Tracy’s sister, Tami, her husband John and son Cory joined us for a couple meals at Tracy’s.  I actually new Tami before Tracy, and we have been friends for over 20 years.
Thursday, Sept 11, I was greeted by snow on the ground!  This was a record for early snow fall in Rapid City, SD.  At noon, I went to a Zonta meeting.  Zonta is an international service organization that I was a member of for over 20 years.  It was great to see so many of my friends.
Friday morning Sept 12 and 19 I met with the “coffee girls”.  I have a group of friends that meet for coffee every Friday morning after working out at 6:30am.  I was a part of that for at least 15 years.  Now I occasionally call them on Friday mornings and they pass the phone around to say “hi”.  I had to scrape the windows of my car that morning!
Yvonne, me, Connie, Marge and Barb
 Saturday, Sept 13, my good friend, Barb Auwerter organized a bicycle ride for her 63rd birthday.  There were about 15 of us ranging in age from 47-67.  Barb is such a lively, friendly, happy person.  After the bike ride on the bike path in Rapid City, about 10 of us rode to the Meadow Brook golf course.  We sat outside eating pizza and drinking beer from about 11:30-3:00.  I think we went through 11 pitchers of beer!!!  I have not been with that many women who like to drink beer since my last family reunion :)  Good thing we were on bikes and not driving.

Sunday, I went to church at the Cathedral and talked to many people that remembered me.  After church, several choir members that I used to sing with went to lunch at the Colonial House (my favorite restaurant).  I really had a nice time visiting with them, too.
Cheryl Ulmer, friend for 25 years, and I spent a couple evenings playing cribbage and just enjoying “girl talk”.
Great lunch with Debbie and Denny Stuck, from our sailing fleet in SD.  Can't mention every name, but great seeing so many people. 

I filled everyday to the fullest and loved every minute.  Not sure when I will be back in Rapid City.  But with Pete still here, it will happen.

Below are pictures from Saturday night at Murphy's listening to the River Liffey Boys.

Colleen Schneider and me

Lonny and Kim Weyer and me

Lorraine Himrich, me and Colleen Schneider

friend Kiley, Colleen, Jason, and Gene Schneider (dental school classmate)

Me and my partner in crime, Cheryl Ulmer

Jim Thompson and me (love Kim's dad)

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